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on Thu, 22/06/2017 - 07:48


On Tuesday 20 June five students from Speyside High School made the journey to London in order to present an app and smart phone device they developed to a team of ‘dragons’ from Samsung as part of the nationwide Apps For Good project which saw 25,000 students competing this year.  In London the students were hosted by the cloud computing company, Saleforce, who primed them for the event.  Apps For Good is a project that Speyside High School’s Computing Department has taken part in for three years and develops computing and tech skills, along with teamwork, interpersonal, self-management, leadership, problem solving, communication, creativity and entrepreneurial skills.


Moray College Taster Day

All new S3 pupils attended Moray College on Thursday 22 June, taking part in a variety of sessions from Engineering to Horticulture.  The aim of the this day is to further inform pupils on what is available for them at college in future and to support planning for when they enter the Senior Phase at school and beyond.



The Geography Department recently welcomed the Moray Council Planning Department to school to conduct a Place Standard consultation.  The N5 Geographers and groups of senior students worked their way through 14 questions ranging from public transport and housing availability to access to facilities and their sense of belonging.  The Place Standard is a tool that is being used across Scotland to inform government decision-making.  It was a pleasure to have Speyside students involved in the process and we are looking forward to the return workshops later in the year.



Building on the success of the Senior Football Team, we are looking into entering a Junior Team (U-15) in the Central League next session.  Any parent interested in managing the team, please get in touch with the school.



On Friday 16 June we were busy putting in the first of our plants in our two garden spaces, one at the community entrance and one next to Conval House.  We have a mixture of plants which provide habitats for feeding, nesting and sheltering for pollinators.  Some of these were donated and we are very grateful to David Catto at Speyside Larder, Steve at Speyside Heather Centre and some of our own staff.  Planting in old pallets, new raised beds and in the ground we have Honeysuckle, Borage, Buddleia, Heathers and much more – please come along and enjoy them.  If anyone in Aberlour would like to offer some help in looking after them over the holiday period especially, please get in touch via the school office.